The 80's Hard Rock band Great White played their first show in some time on July 9th in Dickingson, North Dakota as part of the areas First On First: Dickinson Summer Nights" Festival.
Check out video footage here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBmDIA8Iokg
While numerous events have been imposing restrictions, such as wearing masks and social distancing, "First On First" surprisingly has no such rules in place. So we have to ask ourselves, should governments be doing more to prevent this type of thing happening? In the US, should it be left in some states that event organizers can make the decision if a show goes on or not? As this very concert shows, leaving it in other peoples hands to take care of our safety might not be the best idea.
"We do not have restrictions, believe it or not, we don't have any," April Getz, an event coordinator for Odd Fellows, which organizes, runs and comes up with the funding for the events, told The Dickinson Press.
"It's one of those things where if people feel comfortable coming down and mixing and mingling, that's their personal choice. We're leaving it up to everybody that chooses to attend."
As of July 11th 2020, there have been a total of 4,243 confirmed coronavirus cases in North Dakota of which 87 people have died sin the state so far. 83 percent of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in North Dakota to date have recovered from the virus.
An average of around 3,700 tests are being conducted daily in North Dakota, where the positivity rate has remained relatively low. 4,327 tests were conducted Friday, yielding a 2% positivity rate.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused thousands of concerts and festivals to either been postponed or canceled, as social distancing and self-quarantining make performing live music and attending live shows all but impossible. Worldwide bands, venues and artists of all kinds have been battling with governments to receive some sort of stimulus package to help prop up the industry during this trying time.